Foxconn was originally planning to reopen its factories on Monday to begin production on Apple devices after the Lunar New Year holiday, but the company’s plans were denied by Chinese Authorities due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, reports
Public health experts told Foxconn that its Shenzhen factories face “high risks of coronavirus infection” after on-site inspections were conducted, with the information relayed to
through multiple sources. Health officials were concerned about the poor airflow in restaurants and dormitories, and the use of central air conditioning.
“Violation of epidemic prevention and control could potentially face the death penalty,” the internal meeting memo seen by the Nikkei Asian Review said.
Foxconn’s Zhengzhou complex, which is its biggest
factory, has also cancelled plans to resume work on Monday. Local governments are concerned the virus will spread quickly in a labor-intensive working environment, and “no one wants to bear the responsibility of restarting work at this critical moment,” one of the sources said.
Foxconn on Friday cancelled flight bookings for Taiwanese employees to go back to China, and the company already told employees in Shenzhen
The Zhengzhou complex will remain closed until it has until it has been evaluated and approved by the local government. Innolux, Foxconn’s display arm, will also remain closed for the time being, and
supplier Compal Electronics also has plans to stay closed until February 17.
Apple has also
of its own retail stores in China. Stores were supposed to open on Monday, but Apple has decided to wait until February 15.
There have already been multiple reports suggesting these factory closures will have an impact on Apple’s device production plans, and we could see dwindling device supplies and lengthening shipping times in the near future.
as a product already in short supply, and these delays may also
that Apple has in development.
Production on the new low-cost iPhone, which has been referred to the “
” or the “
” was supposed to begin in February, but it’s not clear if Apple will be able to remain on schedule.
that its operation schedules for facilities in China follow local government recommendations, and that it has not “received requests from [its] customers on the need to resume production earlier,” but it did slash
earlier this month.
The coronavirus has infected more than 31,000 people and caused 722 deaths, mainly in China.